FROM R 52 980
Set sail date: 01 JUN 2020Pricing valid until
31 March 2020
13 Days land only
1 June 2020
13 June 2020
Sail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge, considered the most beautiful view of the Rhine River, and see ancient castles standing majestically on cliffs 400 feet above the water. Visit Koblenz, strategically located at the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, before coming to the charming wine village of Bernkastel! Here, you’ll go on a guided walk and taste some of the famed Moselle wines! Visit a medieval castle, then sail back into the Rhine and explore the magnificent city of Cologne, Germany, which straddles both sides of the Rhine River. Your river cruise vacation ends in marvelous Amsterdam where there is much to see! Discover the treasures of this popular, historic city on a canal cruise which takes you through the elegant Grachten lined with stately homes dating back to the city’s “Golden Age.” Don’t miss your chance to discover the treasures you’ll cherish along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers!
- 12 nights cruise accommodation in a Deluxe Stateroom E on-board Avalon Waterways
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily on-board the ship
- Afternoon tea daily
- Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch & dinner are included daily on-board
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
- Port charges & gratuities
- Safety Net insurance
1 June 2020
Day 1 BASEL, SWITZERLAND (EMBARKATION)
Welcome to Switzerland! Your Suite Ship is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Zurich must arrive by 3 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. Enjoy dinner and explore the ship on your first night on board as you sail to Breisach.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BREISACH (D)
Day 2 BREISACH, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO BLACK FOREST
History, Artistry, and the Beautiful Black Forest DISCOVERY – Join a full-day Guided Tour to the magical Black Forest to experience the Vogtsbauernohf open-air-museum, visit an authentic water mill, and see a traditional butter-making demonstration, OR: CLASSIC – Visit to Badische Winzerkeller, the largest German wine producer in Europe. Discover Germany’s southernmost wine country in Baden-ideally situated between the hills of the Black Forest and the Rhine River. Learn about the vintners’ process in the vineyards here, and enjoy a wine tasting. You may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the charming village of Colmar, with its half-timbered medieval and early renaissance buildings.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO STRASBOURG (B,L,D)
Day 3 STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Gothic Giants, Military Marvels & Varietal Vintages CLASSIC – Take a City Sightseeing Tour, including the city’s gothic, stained-glass cathedral with its celebrated ancient murals and astronomical clock, as well as the magical La Petite France District. You may also choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to the historic Maginot Line-an impressive installation of pre-WWII defensive fortifications designed to protect the eastern border of France, or visit Alsace’s wine country today. Alternatively, take some free time in Strasbourg to visit a museum, or stroll across the city centre.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO LUDWIGSHAFEN (B,L,D)
Day 4 LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY. EXCURSION TO HEIDELBERG
Philosophers’ Views, a Hilltop Castle, and the World’s Biggest Barrel of Wine CLASSIC – Enjoy a Guided Tour to Heidelberg Castle to see the ruins of the magnificent renaissance treasure towering above the city, and its famed Great Vat, the “World’s Largest Wine Barrel,” OR: ACTIVE – Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike up Philosophers’ Way for an inspiring view of the city below. You’ll have some free time to stroll or shop this afternoon before sailing to Rudesheim.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN RUDESHEIM (B,L,D)
Day 5 RUDESHEIM-RHINE GORGE
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in Wine Country DISCOVERY – Tour the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge on your way to Koblenz.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN KOBLENZ (B,L,D)
Day 6 KOBLENZ
Fortress Walls and Manor Halls Where the Rhine and Moselle Meet CLASSIC – Take a Guided City Walk amid ancient fortresses walls, towers, squares and monuments, OR: CLASSIC – Visit the Sayn Manor House on a Guided Tour. Spend free time on a cable-car ride, or a hike to see the mountain-top Ehrenbreitstein Fortress. Enjoy a leisurely walk across the town to shop or sample potato pancakes and regional wine. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL (B,L,D)
Day 7 BERNKASTEL
Gracious German Vineyards of the Moselle Valley This morning enjoy a leisurely saling. CLASSIC – Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel-with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses. DISCOVERY – Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making.
OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH (B,L,D)
Day 8 REMICH. EXCURSION TO LUXEMBOURG
The Lofty Landscapes of Luxembourg LASSIC – Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City-with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain. Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO TRIER (B,L,D)
Day 9 TRIER, GERMANY
Ancient Worlds, and Old World Charm CLASSIC – Take a Guided Sightseeing tour of Trier-Germany’s oldest city with ancient remnants dating from 144-152 AD. Starting from Porta Nigra, walk through the city centre, OR: CLASSIC – Join a history-focused Roman Trier Guided Tour to learn more about the history of Roman civilization in this Moselle River city, and visit the ruins of a 20,000-seat amphitheater, and imperial baths.
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COCHEM (B,L,D)
Day 10 COCHEM
Reichsburg Castle, Riesling Wine, and the Charm of the Moselle Valley CLASSIC – Join a Guided Walk of Cochem to see the charming town’s half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit Cochem’s hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley and river bend.
AFTERNOON/EVENING CRUISE TO COLOGNE (B,L,D)
Day 11 COLOGNE
Prost! Celebrate in the Rhineland’s Capital City CLASSIC – Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne-with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR; DISCOVERY – Choose a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy free time over a glass of Kolsch pale lager-locally brewed for over 100 years!
AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT SAILING TO AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 12 AMSTERDAM, HOLLAND
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam CLASSIC – Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.” During tulip season, you may take a Guided Optional Excursion to Keukenhof gardens-with more than seven million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, as well as other bulbs, planted each year. Outside of tulip season, join a Guided Optional Excursion to Zaanse Schans to see historic windmills and charming Dutch houses. Alternatively, choose an Optional City Biking Tour to discover the countryside. You may choose to spend some free time this afternoon visiting one of Amsterdam’s many fascinating museums or galleries.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM (B,L,D)
Day 13 AMSTERDAM (DISEMBARKATION)
Your cruise ends with breakfast this morning. (B)